Washington district considers adding dozens of shorter school days

Friday, May 31, 2013

Kent school district is the latest Western Washington district that is considering replacing dozens of full school days with partial days.

Wednesday night, the school board heard the results of a two year study by a commission formed by the district. The commission recommends the board replace nine half-schools days that are currently on the calendar with 30 two hour late starts each year.

Administrators and teachers voiced strong support for the move. The hours that students are not around would be used for “teacher collaboration”, time that teachers would use to jointly plan lessons and curriculum.

“Students learn when teachers collaborate,” Kent Accountability Chief Linda Del Guida told the school board. “Quality in the class makes a difference by the teamwork of teachers,” she said.

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